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If we were all like me…

… would that be good?

What if we were all like you?

What if we were all like Jesus?

Most people I meet want to have an impact on those around them.

At least, we should desire to have an impact…
and hopefully a positive one.

The trouble is, we often attempt this our own way.
We do what we think is important, and in return seek recognition for the great job we did, or impact we had.

What we need to be doing instead is asking the Holy Spirit to leads into the life of impact that will matter in light of eternity, and that God will receive the glory for it.

Francis Chan, in his book Forgotten God, has some challenging words for us regarding this truth:

How would you be missed if you left [the place God has called you to]? What would change? Basically, what difference does your presence here make? … What would your church (and the world-wide Church) look like if everyone were as committed as you are? If everyone gave and served and prayed exactly like you, would the church be healthy and empowered? Or would it be weak and listless?

Ouch!
Tough words from our fiend Mr. Chan…

Much work to be done in my heart, and then lived out in my life.

Holy Spirit… HELP!

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I Don’t Need Fellowship to Do “American Church”

I Don’t Need Fellowship to Do “American Church” — Francis Chan

What do you think of this statement?
Does it rub you wrong?

I have recently read several different popular leaders’ thoughts on “church”, the Church, the need to gather, and the Christian “F-word”—fellowship.

(Note: I learned that this was the “Christian F-word” from one of my mentors, Chilly Chilton. This refers to the fact that today no one but Christians use this word, which has lead to it becoming the epitome of Christianese.)

At the bottom of this post is a link to a video of Francis Chan at a Verge Network event, which is where the opening quote comes from. What he addresses is something that I have been pondering for some time.

When we read the Bible, and stop to honestly evaluate the message to those who follow Christ, what do we really read?
Is the message, “As a follower of Jesus your responsibility is to go to church” or do we get, “As a follower of Jesus your responsibility is to carry message of the gospel to the world?”

I would say it is the latter. The Church is anyone that is living-out the mission of the gospel — making disciples of all nations (Matt 28:18-20)…
Oh, and by the way, you should then find other followers of Christ to connect with regularly for encouragement and strength.
See 1 John 1:5-7 — fellowship first with God, which would lead to practicing the truth, which would then lead to fellowship with other Christians.

We have made Christianity about gathering at church, and not about the mission of the cross.

My thoughts on this are on-going.
More will follow, including some quotes from David Platt’s Radical series.

What are your thoughts?
I would love to know what you think, and some things that you are doing or praying about doing that would reflect your ideas.

Still learning

Steve

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